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Pulasky deserves your vote

2014-07-20T00:00:00Z 2014-07-21T08:32:06Z Pulasky deserves your vote The Billings Gazette
July 20, 2014 12:00 am

Recently, John Pulasky, a weatherman for a program on Taylor Brown's radio station and Democratic candidate for state District 43, was fired because Clayton Fiscus, a local Realtor and representative from District 43 in the Heights, refused to sign a waiver that would allow Pulasky to keep his job as long as he didn't discuss politics when doing his show.

So, Brown, another conservative Republican and owner of the station, gave Pulasky an ultimatum. Quit the race or get fired. Nice! Brown had other options in which Pulasky would keep his job, but chose instead to fire the guy when Pulasky decided to stay in the race.

This stinks. Brown didn't need to fire the guy. But he apparently decided to silence Pulasky with a big threat to his livelihood. Maybe there was another agenda in operation. Maybe Fiscus realized that Pulasky was a major threat to his election and maybe Brown, a rising star in the Republican Party, played to the powers to show loyalty and to remain a darling of the conservatives. So, coercing Pulasky to drop out of the race would serve both Fiscus and Brown.

Fiscus has stated many times how much he dislikes governmental regulations, but didn't hesitate to use a "governmental regulation" to stifle his opponent. Evidently he's not a strong believer in letting the voters decide who they want to represent them, though. You might want to keep that in mind when you vote.

Pulasky stayed in the race at great cost to himself and his family. What does that tell you?

Dale Anderson

Billings

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